- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: Triarchy Press Ltd (October 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956263194
- ISBN-13: 978-0956263193
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,781,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Strategy, Leadership and the Soul: Resilience, Responsiveness and Reflection for a Global Economy
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Top Customer Reviews
I think their work integrates nicely with "Theory U" by Scharmer and "Good to Great" by Collins. I think it offers a little more robust framework for "tribes" than the book by the same title by Godin.
They have clearly identified an important new dimension of organizational life; that of its "soulfulness" and deeper integration of people, mission and leadership for which organizations are particularly hungry.
I strongly recommend this book.
Part 1 surveys the evolution of organizations and the social and industrial forces that formed them.
Part 2 talks briefly about the great changes that took place during the 20th century. Useful background.
Part 3 describes what the authors call the transorganization. I am not crazy about neologisms, but I understood that they wanted to emphasize how different these new organizations are in their characteristics, the results they generate, and the most importantly, the language that they use, which is so indicative of the values in the "organizational soul".
The authors point out that we need strategy to invent the future of our organizations, leadership to make the needed change, and soul in the sense that personal values and inner beliefs must be consonant and in harmony with the organization. There has been too little of this in the past, to the great detriment of both sides.
Part 4 was very exciting to me, as it lays out the characteristics of the transleader. I admire them, and aspire to them. Part 6 on Intentional Transleadership builds on them very effectively, by virtually giving a step-by-step how-to guide. Part 7 then details the personal transformations that we need to make. As an entrepreneur with plans to build a global organization, this is useful stuff!
Part 5, on Transorganizational Strategy was also very interesting, but I jumped ahead and then came back to it, as I wanted to work on my personal transleadership first.
I found the book visionary, and unexpectedly exciting.Read more ›
The book does not contain the "how to", but I do not believe that is the intent. Recognizing that boards and executive leadership have a social responsibility to treat people as people, rather than objects to achieve what management wants, is an essential and critical step to make the transition to the thriving organization presented. Once this authentic self-actualization occurs and a new course of discovery is charted, there are many tools and best practices out there that can help to build organizational trust, and improve the communication, commitment and employee engagement necessary to achieve better performance results, both in the current conditions and in the future.
Being an executive in today's environment is an extremely tough and thankless job, however there are many resources to help those bold enough to accept the reality, venture out, challenge the status quo, and make the transition to a different operating system. This book is one such resource. It's a refreshing wake-up call to reflective, thoughtful action that will lead us into the future with confidence.
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This book will show you what the highest-performing business organizations will look like in 2015. It will give you perspective on the traditional ways of operating that are no... Read morePublished on May 15, 2011 by Bill Self
It's one thing to introduce new concepts, it's another the weave old and new together in order to form an interesting and useful tapestry. Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Steven Tylock
Excellent review how organizations evolved through the last decade, while getting the essence of their operating values in a very clear way. Read morePublished on October 12, 2010 by Ran Cohen
The book is well structured, and more importantly, it articulates its offering very intelligently. I believe it is a 'must read' for a number of people in my business circles. Read morePublished on September 16, 2010 by Jorge Ochoa-Lions
I have had the privilege of knowing and collaborating with Jennifer and Koby for many years. Jennifer and Koby "preach what they practice". Read morePublished on July 14, 2010 by Sreeram Dhurjaty
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